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Shinji Kagawa Makes Turkish Super Lig History

Discussion in 'Other European leagues' started by Mercy, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Mercy

    Mercy New Member

    New Besiktas signing Shinji Kagawa made an immediate impact for Besiktas on Sunday, having recently arrived on loan from Borussia Dortmund, he came off the bench late to made Super Lig history on Sunday.

    The former Manchester United midfielder had a dream debut with Besiktas becoming the first Japanese player to score in the Turkish top flight as Besiktas thrashed Antalyaspor.

    The Japanese ace looked set to join Monaco but things stalled and he instead signed on loan for the Turkish outfit until the end of the season. Kagawa started Sunday's match on the bench before coming on to replace Adem Ljajic in the 81st minute.

    It took just 19 seconds for the former Manchester United midfielder to make history, scoring with his first shot on target, sending a low strike that beat goalkeeper Ruud Boffin. Two minutes later, the 29-year old curled in a lovely free-kick to make it two goals from his first two shots on target in Besiktas colours.

    Victory lifted Besiktas into third place in the table after 20 matches, although they remain 11 points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The brace brought about the first goals the former Manchester United midfielder has scored all season. He struggled for game-time under Lucien Favre this season, making just four appearances in all competitions.

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